By LA Weekly
By Henry Rollins
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By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Dan Weiss
By Erica E. Phillips
By Kai Flanders
Krieger: The Hyacinth House was my old house in Benedict Canyon. I had a really cute baby bobcat that I kept out in the yard and on the patio. That's the lion Jim talks about. Eventually I had to give her away when she got too big. It was probably highly illegal.
"Crawling King Snake"
Botnick: We only did one take. In the middle of the sessions, [Morrison] had to have a blues day, so he just started riffing. And I thought to hit the record button. He was just riffing, train of thought, nothing planned. He was very good at that.
"The Wasp (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)"
Krieger: I heard a song that was basically only on the radio for one day, but it gave me the feel for "Texas Radio." I came up with the whole song musically, and [Morrison] had this poem that he had previously written about Texas radio and the Big Beat. I don't think he ever lived in Texas, but I bet he heard Wolfman Jack, broadcasting on XERB in Tijuana.
"Riders on the Storm"
Krieger: This was the first time that we'd actually written some of the songs together in the studio. Before, I'd usually have some music and bring it in, and Jim would set some words to it. This time, we actually spent time jamming and making songs out of what came out of it. One day we were riffing on the old Western song "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky," and it morphed into "Riders on the Storm."
Holzman: I knew "Riders on the Storm" was going to be a rock radio staple forever. DJs have to go to the bathroom, or maybe have something else going on in the studio late at night. So long tracks are loved. And every rainy night, when there was a storm out, I knew they were going to play "Riders on the Storm." —Jeff Weiss